Applying for jobs can be a real strategy. Do you aim wide or do you only apply for just the perfect jobs? To prevent disappointments, we advise you to only apply for jobs that you really like. Search for vacancies that really match your ambition, education and possibly previous work experience. To be prepared well, carefully read these tips:
Make sure you CV is set up chronologically, so it is easy to read and stresses the most up-to-date information. Some examples of CVs are included in this chapter. First name your education, when you started and finished the education and whether you graduated or not. When your education is a course, use the same outline. Internships are reported with the length of the internship and also when exactly you did the internship. Mention per internship your function, which tasks you did, how you did these tasks and what the result was. Concerning previous work experience, mention the function, name of the company, the working location and the duration of the job. Mention exactly what you did and which targets you aimed for.
After an internship or job you can ask your supervisor if he or she would be willing to act as your reference. Always ask this in advance and ask what you supervisor would say about you in case your references would be checked.
Vacancies fit best when your education and work experience match the job profile. Also personal competences are important because they determine whether you would be suitable for the job or not. When there is any doubt about whether you would be suitable for the job, first contact the company and get more information about the job. In that case, don't send your CV yet, but gather more information first. When you decide to apply for a job that does not completely match your profile, be aware of the fact that your motivation will be of extra importance.
Visit the website of the company before the interview, so you know what the company is about, which values and goals they have etc. This makes the interview more fluent and natural, because you can use the knowledge you have already gained online. Therefore, ask questions to the interviewers not only specifically about the job, but also in general to show your interest and effort. Also, try to gain information about the company culture and dresscode before the interview. This will give you more confidence during the real appointment.
When prepared well, you feel more relaxed during the appointment. Be on time, well rested and dressed properly.